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May 162018
 

Organization: World Cocoa Foundation
Country: Ghana
Closing date: 29 Jun 2018

General Description:

The mission of the World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) is to catalyze public-private action to accelerate cocoa sustainability. WCF champions multi-stakeholder partnerships, aligned public and private investment, policy dialogue, and joint learning and knowledge sharing to achieve transformative change in the cocoa supply chain. WCF’s members include cocoa and chocolate manufacturers, processors, supply chain managers, and other companies worldwide, representing more than 80 percent of the global cocoa market. WCF’s programs benefit farmers and their communities in cocoa-growing regions of Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Americas. For more information, visit www.worldcocoafoundation.org.

Engagement Summary: The World Cocoa Foundation (WCF) and the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) Better Than Cash Alliance seek a technical expert consultant to collaborate with a e-payment project manager to jointly support the growth of digital payments among cocoa farmers and overall cocoa value chain. The objective is to promote inclusive growth, boost productivity and improve the livelihoods of smallholder cocoa farmers, especially women, through supporting the engagement and implementation efforts of large cocoa buyers and their agribusiness intermediaries in Ghana for digital payments.

The Better Than Cash Alliance is a partnership of governments, companies, and international organizations that accelerates the transition from cash to digital payments in order to reduce poverty and drive inclusive growth. Based at the UNCDF, the Alliance has over 60 members, collaborates closely with other global organizations, and is an implementing partner for the G20 Global Partnership for Financial Inclusion.

Reporting: This consulting engagement is based in Accra, Ghana and the surrounding area, and will report to the Director of Agricultural Productivity. The Scope of Work will be supervised by a project steering committee composed of members of WCF and the Better Than Cash Alliance.

Required Background and Experience:

Education:

· A Master’s degree in economics, public/business administration, ICT, social sciences, or related discipline or the equivalent experience; and

· Additional training related to digital financial services is highly desirable.

Experience:

· A minimum of seven (7) years dedicated experience in digital finance, payment systems or electronic payments required;

· A minimum of two (2) years working experience in the Ghana payments ecosystem sector;

· Experience in the formulation of strategies, policies & implementation procedures in digital payments at the private sector agribusiness level;

· Experience in effectively leading or managing technical assistance to a very diverse group of clients or members and maintaining positive relationships with peers;

· Working knowledge of agribusiness supply chain distribution, financial & logistics implementation & current developments including innovative information delivery methods (e.g. learning platforms, information exchange, etc.) and payments (e.g., mobile financial services, pre-paid cards, etc.) essential. Specific experience in the cocoa sector an added advantage;

· Detailed and knowledgeable about the Ghana payments landscape, including topical issues and digital payments regulatory environment; and,

· Understanding of issues related to financial inclusion.

Languages:

· Excellent oral and written English communication skills; and

· Knowledge of one Ghanaian local languages (added advantage).

Consultant Scope of Work:

A. Complete a comprehensive landscaping of stakeholders’ experience and diagnostic of the business case for moving to digital payments:

(1) Document current payment process in cash and define appropriate digital payments value proposition for companies;

(2) Provide a comprehensive review of policy issues to consider when designing a digital payments ecosystem solution for the cocoa supply chain, including risks & opportunities; and,

(3) Map and evaluate past and current payment digitization initiatives completed by large cocoa buyers, financial service providers (FSPs), COCOBOD and other government bodies.

B. Based on the lessons learned from phase A and existing WCF research, develop a realistic & timebound plan and value proposition for taking digital payments to scale in the cocoa supply chain:

(1) Explore how the digital payment ecosystem can be improved through a pre-competitive platform; and,

(2) Provide technical assistance to CocoaAction companies on a pre-competitive basis to achieve a base level of understanding of digital payment solutions in their supply chains.

C. In collaboration with WCF Ghana team, establish the basis of a learning and collaborative platform for the development of digital payment solutions across CocoaAction companies, WCF and other stakeholders in Ghana if needed:**

· Participate in & support any convening related to WCF mobile money strategy, for example with WCF, The Better Than Cash Alliance, CocoaAction company experts, & CocoaAction country huddle;

· With WCF and the Better Than Cash Alliance, document & develop training materials on Phase A landscaping, lessons learned from companies, implementation and technical assistance needed for digital payment solutions to build internal capacity for continuous learning & training;

· With WCF and the Better Than Cash Alliance, conduct 2 workshop/seminar/training sessions on lessons across the project: (1) to key WCF stakeholders & (2) other external players; and

· Develop a communications strategy that includes 2 blog publications on lessons learned for general audience.

How to Apply:

Interested and eligible consultants are requested to upload their proposal describing their interest in this engagement, their interest in WCF, and their qualifications to:: https://worldcocoa.egnyte.com/ul/LHPa2GvxAa

Please address the letter to “Director of Agricultural Productivity” and name your files using the following convention: ‘[Last name] Proposal and ‘[Last name] Qualifications’

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling bases until position is filled. No phone calls please. Only shortlisted consultant candidates will be contacted.

Evaluation Process:

Consultants will be evaluated by a selection panel composed by the WCF and The Better Than Cash Alliance. A review of a profile (technical evaluation) that matches consultant’s experience & expertise to the key tasks outlined in the consultancy will be completed. Key areas assessed:

· Technical expertise in digital finance, payment systems or e-payments in Ghana (40 points);

· Program development and implementation management, especially related to agribusiness supply chains (35 points);

· Policy and regulatory efforts in Ghana (10 points); and

· Stakeholder and partner consultation (15 points).

How to apply:

How to Apply:

Interested and eligible consultants are requested to upload their proposal describing their interest in this engagement, their interest in WCF, and their qualifications to:: https://worldcocoa.egnyte.com/ul/LHPa2GvxAa

Please address the letter to “Director of Agricultural Productivity” and name your files using the following convention: ‘[Last name] Proposal and ‘[Last name] Qualifications’

Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling bases until position is filled. No phone calls please. Only shortlisted consultant candidates will be contacted.

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